Education K-12 M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliott


This paper examines music therapy and how the use of this intervention can help students with ASD. The literature review provides a brief history of Special Education and the perception of autism, and what defines the classification of autism. The author suggests music therapy yields diverse effects for individuals with ASD, including emotional regulation, improved social, and language skills. Group interventions exhibit long-term enhancements, and incorporating games facilitates effective emotional expression. Challenges exist in achieving behavioral, psychosocial, and language objectives, with individual interest emerging as a crucial factor in determining music therapy's effectiveness. Parents as primary caregivers collaborate with teachers and therapists, especially during assessments, to tailor interventions based on the child's developmental level and needs.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis